Beware of Door to Door Security Sales
In recent years we have seen changes to legislation in Alberta that restrict some industries from conducting door to door sales. In security, however, door to door sales continue to account for a large number of new customers for many companies.
Although not always the case, door to door sales are often accompanied by high pressure sales and lofty promises that leave consumers feeling deceived and disappointed when the deal is done. It doesn’t take much searching online to find warnings from homeowners in Edmonton about aggressive security salespeople using unscrupulous sales tactics.
Salespeople will often offer “free” equipment and promote “limited time offers” to entice you into a long-term monitoring agreement. Unlike purchasing a box of chocolates or a vacuum cleaner, signing up with a security provider is a long-term commitment and a quick decision at the door can have a significant impact for years to come.
If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
It‘s not that all door to door salespeople are bad, and not to say that what they are offering won’t be a good a fit for your family. It is simply important to do your research and not let yourself be forced into a quick decision.
A company that won’t be around to sell to you tomorrow may be a red flag.
You can research alarm companies online using websites like Better Business Bureau, HomeStars, Renovation Find , Google or Social Media Forums.
Click here for a list of questions to ask door to door salespeople before making a decision.
If you do make a quick decision, keep in mind that Alberta law allows you to cancel the contract for any reason within 10 days. Even if the alarm system has been installed, you can have the equipment removed from your home and be relieved of all obligations within this timeframe.